I’ve just returned from vacation and spend some time on the way home, preparing to dive back into work and my ‘real-life’. Part of this included dipping into the streams on my RSS reader.
Without many qualms I simply marked many feeds, “all-read”. I skipped hundreds of important articles, ideas and discussions. Here’s why:
1. I’ve got a good network. I follow people who can keep me up to date and add value to my life. By tracking with influential people, I just need to read their feeds to get the highlights or the best of the crop. If I missed something, I’m confident it will surface again somewhere in my network.
2. If it’s important news, it’ll still be news this week. I’m confident in the feeds that I follow, if there’s something that important that happened while I was gone, it’ll surface again.
3. Good vs. best. I’m not a slave to my feeds. My feeds are there to help me when I need new ideas, when I want to keep up with the latest or just track with friends. The past two weeks were about spending time with my wife and other loved ones. That was the best thing I could have done with my time, not fret about some feed for the sake of feeling like I’m all caught up. I try not to let my feeds distract me from the best things I can be doing at any given moment. Sometimes the best thing is to read feeds, but not the last two weeks.
What helps you be okay with marking your feeds, “all-read”?